‘Representing Orality: Scott’s The Lay of the Last Minstrel and Conjectural History’. / Regan, John.

In: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, No. 59-60, 2013.

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‘Representing Orality: Scott’s The Lay of the Last Minstrel and Conjectural History’. / Regan, John.

In: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, No. 59-60, 2013.

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Regan, John. / ‘Representing Orality: Scott’s The Lay of the Last Minstrel and Conjectural History’. In: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. 2013 ; No. 59-60.

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